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Prepare to get pumped! French Reality is one of the steepest, and best, peices of ice in the Rockies. It will challenge both your technique and your ability to hang on to the max! Highly recommended for those who have climbed some grade 6 ice and want to push it even harder.
The climb forms most years on the right edge of the Stanley Headwall in Kootenay National Park. Start with some excellent mixed climbing up a series of cracks & corners, then launch onto dead vertical pillars of W6+ ice to the top. In sections the ice is so steep that it feels overhanging!
Location: Radium Highway (Hwy 93 South). 45 minutes from Canmore.
Grade: WI6+, 5.8
Logistics: Climbs at the Stanley Headwall are best done as day trips from Canmore or Banff. French Reality is guided
with a 1:1 guide to guest ratio only. Skis or snowshoes are often needed for the approach.
Other Nearby Routes
- Nemesis - WI6, 160m
- Sea of Vapours - WI5-6+, 165m
- and literally hundreds more...